Introduced by Rep. Jeff Irwin (D) on October 19, 2011, to consolidate and reduce the number of judges in Michigan courts, as recommended by the state Supreme Court and the State Court Administrative Office. This is one of a number of such bills, and affects a number of counties throughout the state.
Referred to the House Judiciary Committee on October 19, 2011.
Reported in the House on December 7, 2011, with the recommendation that the substitute (H-1) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
Substitute offered in the House on December 14, 2011, to revise details of the courts and judgeships affected by the bill. The substitute passed by voice vote in the House on December 14, 2011.
Amendment offered by Rep. Barb Byrum (D) on December 14, 2011, to require a bill that also reduces the number of Court of Appeal judges from 28 to 24 to become law before this bill can, and also require a number of other regular court consolidation bills to become law. The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on December 14, 2011.